Saadallah Kassir

About me

I am an MS/PhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. I enrolled in Fall 2017 in the Decision, Information and Communication Engineering (DICE) track.

My main research interests lie at the intersection between Mobile Networking, Edge Computing and Wireless Communications.

I am currently working as a member of the Wireless Networking and Communication Group (WNCG)with Prof. de Veciana on a vehicular network modeling and analysis project.

Interests

  • Mobile Networking
  • Wireless Communication
  • System Modeling
  • Edge Computing
  • Communication Theory
  • Signal Processing

Education

University of Texas at Austin

MS/PhD Electrical and Computer Engineering - DICE Track


American University of Beirut

Bachelor of Engineering - Computer and Communication Engineering

Graduated with High Distinction (CGPA: 88.86/100)


Lycée La Favorite Sainte-Thérèse

French Scientific Baccalaureate (Grade: 17.97/20)

Austin, TX

Expected June 2022


Beirut, Lebanon

June 2017



Lyon, France

July 2013

Industry Experience

Qualcomm - Wireless R&D Internship

Worked on interference characterization in 5G NR sub-6GHz massive MIMO networks by running system level simulations. Designed interference mitigation algorithms improving the users’ short term throughput in such networks.

Fujitsu Network Communications - Strategic Planning Internship

Participated in establishing a long-term strategy for FNC, by analyzing the impact that 5G network technologies and use-cases will have on the fronthaul and backhaul optical networks and markets. Participated in establishing a software strategy for FNC's products, based on new paradigms in 5G network, but also software architectures.


San Diego, CA

May 2019 - August 2019


Richardson, TX

May 2018 - August 2018

Research Experience

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Graduate Research Assistant

Prof. Zaher Dawy

Prof. Fadi Kurdahi

Prof. Gustavo de Veciana

AUB

UC Irvine

UT Austin

Fall 2015 - Summer 2017

Summer 2016

Fall 2017 - Present

Publications

  • K. Jahed, S. Sharafeddine, A. Moussawi, A. Abou Daya, H. Dbouk, S. Kassir, Z. Dawy. Scalable Multimedia Streaming in Wireless Networks with Device-to-Device Cooperation. In Proceedings of the 2016 ACM on Multimedia Conference.
  • S. Kassir, J. Abou Rahal, Z. Dawy, On the Performance of Camera Receivers for V2V Visible Light Communication Systems. In IEEE Globecom 2017 Conference, December 2017.
  • S. Kassir, G. de Veciana, N. Wang, X. Wang, P. Palacharla, Enhancing Cellular Performance via Vehicle-based Opportunistic Relaying and Load Balancing. In IEEE INFOCOM 2019 Conference, April 2019.
  • P. Caballero, S. Kassir, G. de Veciana, N. Wang, X. Wang, P. Palacharla, Performance Analysis of Multihomed Multilane Vehicular Networks. Submitted to IEEE Transaction on Vehicular Technology, 2019.
  • S. Kassir, S.Halawi, E. Yaacoub, Z. Dawy, A. Bermak, Novel Extended Circular Color Shift Keying Constellation in VLC Systems with Camera-based Receivers. In IEEE PIMRC 2019 Conference Proceedings, September 2019.
  • S. Halawi, E. Yaacoub, S. Kassir, Z. Dawy, Performance Analysis of Circular Color Shift Keying in VLC Systems with Camera-based Receivers. In IEEE Transaction on Communications, 2019.

Teaching Experience

EECE 350: Computer Networks

EE 445L: Embedded Systems Lab

EE 445L: Embedded Systems Lab

Prof. Ayman Kayssi

Prof. Mark McDermott

Prof. Jonathan Valvano

AUB

UT Austin

UT Austin

Fall 2015

Fall 2017

Spring 2018

Selected Projects

Multi-homed Multilane Vehicle Cluster Networking: Performance Analysis and Scaling with V2V Penetration (Research Project, Prof. de Veciana, Fall 2017)

Analyzing the performance of vehicular networks when V2V and V2I communication are associated to allow for high bandwidth data sharing such as infotainment data, based on relevant performance metrics such as connectivity probability, shared data rate of typical vehicles and QoS. Augmenting the network model to capture Base-Station/Road-Side Units multihoming, V2V-enabled vehicle market penetration, and multi-lane roads. Designing efficient wireless resource allocation algorithms for such networks.

Ergonomic UAV Control Using Eye-Tracking (Final Year Design Project, Fall 2016-Spring 2017):

Implemented a hands-free HCI system to control intuitively a set of drones using eye-tracking for surveillance applications. The camera feed is received from the camera on the drone to a control room where the user can command the drone movements simply by looking at the target location on the screen. Minimizing the latency between all the sub-systems for a smooth and intuitive experience.

Links to videos of the minimally working system here and fully functional system here.

Performance Analysis of Camera-based Receivers for Vehicle-to-Vehicle Visible Light Communication Systems (Research Project, Prof. Dawy, Fall 2016 - Summer 2017)

Constructed a camera-based transceiver system and simulator for Visible Light Communication applied to Vehicle-to-Vehicle scenarios. Derived an accurate model for the channel noise on Matlab before conceiving and optimizing modulation schemes to minimize the effect of noise on the system. Implemented the transceiver in hardware to verify the simulated results. Prepared for extensions of the camera-based VLC system such as MIMO and link adaptation techniques.

Transceiver Performance Analysis over a Wireless Channel (Course: Wireless Communication, Fall 2016)

Designed a transceiver and analyzing its performance over an AWGN wireless channel with Rayleigh fading, under different channel conditions. Compared the improvements associated with different channel coding schemes, decision decoding methods, and the usage of diversity techniques for better performances. Conceived a Matlab based simulator and user interface to generate and plot the results.

Precision Irrigation System (Research Project, Prof. Kurdahi, Summer 2016)

Developed a precision irrigation system providing water optimally to a crops field, using data collected by a Bluetooth Low Energy based Wireless Sensors Network to minimize the water and energy consumption, and maximize the crops yield. Implemented algorithms as well as simulation and testing tools (C, Matlab and Android platforms) to discover the pipes network and route the water to the desired spot. Designed a hardware prototype of the system.

Device Neighborhood Information Management (Course: Mobile Networking, Spring 2016)

Developed a networking Android application able to detect devices in its neighborhood using Wi-Fi Direct and collect statistical data about them. The data is stored in a local database and on a server, such that graphs can be requested by any registered device. Integrated also GPS location, SMS and battery management functionalities to collect more relevant data.

Scalable Multimedia Streaming Mobile Application (Research Project, Prof. Dawy , Fall 2015 - Summer 2017)

Conceived an Android networking mobile testbed application which purpose is to broadcast a streaming video from a server to a group of Wi-Fi Direct inter-connected (clustered) mobile devices monitored by the server, and playing the video simultaneously. Investigated, analyzed and implemented the impact of different strategies on the network’s performance to improve the quality of service and the user’s experience in dense and dynamic environments.

Link to the project website here.

Links to videos:

    1. Dense Scenario
    2. Dynamic Scenario
    3. Long-Range Coverage Scenario
    4. Hard-to-Reach Scenario

Core ECE Courses

Undergraduate courses

  • Electric Circuits (I & II)
  • Electronics (I & II)
  • Digital Systems Design
  • Computer Organization
  • Electromagnetics


  • Data Structures
  • Signal and Systems
  • Discrete Time Signal Processing
  • Control Systems
  • Embedded Systems


  • Communication Systems
  • Computer Networks
  • Mobile Networks & Applications
  • Cryptography and Network Security
  • Algorithms (UT Austin)

Graduate courses

  • Wireless Communication (Prof. Z. Dawy, AUB)
  • Information Theory (Prof. I. Abou-Faycal, AUB)
  • Data Mining (Prof. J. Ghosh)
  • Wireless Communications (Prof. J. Andrews)
  • Queuing Theory (Prof. G. de Veciana)


  • Probability and Stochastic Processes (Prof. G. de Veciana)
  • Estimation Theory (Prof. H. Vikalo)
  • Large-Scale Optimization I (Prof. S. Sanghavi)
  • Large-Scale Optimization II (Prof. C. Caramanis)

Technical Skills

Programming Languages:

Mobile Applications Platforms:

Data Science Libraries:

C, C++, C#, Java, LabVIEW, Matlab, Python, SQL

Android

Scikit-learn

Languages

French (Native)

English (Fluent)

Arabic (Fluent)

German (Fair)

Campus Activities

AUB Handball Varsity Team

Toastmasters International Member: Speakers and Leaders

Toastmasters International Member: UT Sciences Toastmasters

    • Vice-President of Membership
    • President

Fall 2013 - Summer 2017

Fall 2015 - Summer 2017

Fall 2017 - Present

  • July 2018 - July 2019
  • July 2019 - Present

Contact me

Email: skassir@utexas.edu

Link to my CV

Link to my LinkedIn profile